Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

Natural Magic by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, previously shared on this site in <a href=

Natural Magic, Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (1871-1945) was born years after the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had gone their separate ways.   It is obvious when looking at her work that what we now consider the “Pre-Raphaelite style” had a great influence on her.   Like many of the Pre-Raphaelites,  her subjects were shown in a Medieval style of dress.  The flora and fauna she included were studied and executed in technical detail,  embracing the Pre-Raphaelite maxim of “truth to nature”.

Brickdale was  successful as a book illustrator and as the creator of stained glass windows.  Her illustrations for Tennyson’s Idylls of the King are wonderful, but of course I have a soft spot for Arthurian-themed art.

The picture below is one of my favorites because of its stunning contrast in color:

The Pale Complexion of True Love

The Pale Complexion of True Love

The Blush

The Blush

The Rose

The Rose

Head of a Tudor Girl

Head of a Tudor Girl

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